World
October 14

'Marginalized': Women trail men in some vaccine efforts

As coronavirus vaccines trickle into some of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, data suggest some women are consistently missing out, in another illustration of how the doses are being unevenly distributed around the world.
World
October 14

Gambian women's voices on COVID-19 vaccines: "We are afraid"

Oyster harvesting in Gambia is considered women's work. It's a grueling task — they paddle rickety boats, then get into water up to their necks to lay nets. Many of the women are the sole family breadwinners, and that burden has only intensified with the pandemic's economic hardships.
World
October 14

Taiwan tensions raise fears of US-China conflict in Asia

After sending a record number of military aircraft to harass Taiwan over China's National Day holiday, Beijing has toned down the saber rattling but tensions remain high, with the rhetoric and reasoning behind the exercises unchanged.
World
October 14

Many Afghans pack their bags, hoping for the chance to leave

KABUL, Afghanistan — As their flight to Islamabad was finally about to take off, Somaya took her husband Ali's hand, lay her head back and…
World
October 14

At least 19 dead in Philippines tropical storm

A tropical storm in the Philippines has left dead at least 19 people, disaster response officials said Thursday.
World
October 14
Police at the scene after an attack in Kongsberg, Norway, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.

Several killed, injured in bow and arrow attack in Norway

A man armed with a bow fired arrows at shoppers in a small Norwegian town Wednesday, killing five people before he was arrested, authorities said.
Business
October 13

Asian shares rise as Wall Street tech gain boosts optimism

Asian shares were mostly higher on Thursday, tracking an overnight rally on Wall Street as investors sought out bargains, including technology stocks.
World
October 13
A bar with a patio lays in ruins after the passing of Hurricane Pamela in Mazatlan, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.

Remnants of former Hurricane Pamela head for Texas, Oklahoma

Tropical depression Pamela dissipated in northern Mexico on Wednesday night after slamming into the country's Pacific coast as a hurricane, though forecasters warned that its rainy remnants still posed a flooding threat for parts of Texas and Oklahoma.
Business
October 13

New Zealand businessman sent to jail for child abuse images

One of New Zealand's best-known businessmen Ron Brierley was sentenced in a Sydney court on Thursday to 14 months in prison for possessing thousands of child sex abuse images.
Coronavirus
October 13
The Grand Portage Point of Entry on the U.S. border with Canada, pictured here in March 2020, will likely see an increase in traffic next month as vac

Minnesota border communities celebrate impending return of Canadian visitors

With nonessential travel closed off since March 2020, it will be the end of a 20-month separation.
Nation
October 13
Asylum-seeking immigrants line up at a border fence in Tijuana, Mexico on June 20, 2018. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS)  IPTC information:

Honduran sisters in Rochester allege mistreatment at southern border

Now in Minnesota with mom, they detail being held in cage and kicked.
World
October 13

UN investigator: North Korea kids and elderly risk starving

North Koreans living under strict pandemic restrictions are facing a growing food crisis and the most vulnerable children and elderly people in the isolated Asian nation are at risk of starvation, a U.N. investigator said in a report released Wednesday.
World
October 13

Syria reports Israel airstrikes on central province of Homs

Syrian air defenses responded Wednesday to an Israeli airstrike targeting areas close to the historic Syrian town of Palmyra in the central province of Homs, state television reported.
World
October 13

Spain arrests 5 people as suspected members of jihadist cell

Spanish police said Wednesday they arrested five suspects — four in Barcelona and one in Madrid — believed to be part of a jihadist group that sought to recruit others to its cause and was attempting to acquire weapons.
Business
October 13

Mexico gives reprieve to illegally imported "chocolate" cars

Mexico has long had a problem with illegally imported cars, and on Wednesday President Andrés Manuel López Obrador pledged to legalize them all.
Business
October 13

Cyprus: ExxonMobil to gauge gas field size in 6-8 weeks

Drilling by ExxonMobil set for late next month to confirm how much natural gas is contained in a sizable deposit off Cyprus' southwestern coast will map out how the fuel will reach potential markets in Europe and Asia, the island nation's energy minister said on Wednesday.
World
October 13

US does not support normalization of relations with Syria

The United States does not support efforts to normalize relations with the government of President Bashar Assad or lift sanctions imposed on Damascus until there is progress in the political process in the war-torn country, the U.S. secretary of state said Wednesday.
World
October 13

Holocaust forum looks at social media's role in antisemitism

Participants at a Holocaust remembrance conference in Sweden blamed social media Wednesday for contributing to a global rise in antisemitism, while YouTube and Facebook officials pledged to be part of the solution.
World
October 13

Israel, Sudanese officials hold rare public meeting

Senior Israeli and Sudanese officials held a rare public meeting on Wednesday, pledging to strengthen the nascent ties between the former adversaries, the Israeli participants said.
World
October 13

Turkey thwarts attempt to kidnap, smuggle Iranian soldier

Turkish authorities have detained eight people, including two alleged Iranian agents, who attempted to abduct a former Iranian soldier back to Iran, Turkey's state-run agency reported Wednesday.